Think textbook prices are too damn high? Join Textbook Rebellion

We buy used college textbooks online from amazon.com and Barnes and Noble whenever possible, but it’s not always feasible, especially when the materials include disks, software keys, and/or lab manuals. My daughter’s college French texts run more than $200. I felt relieved when my son’s textbooks only cost $150 this semester. I doubt that it will ever be that low again.

It’s obvious that there’s a lot of gouging going on, when textbook prices are rising at 400% the rate of inflation. Somebody ought to do something.

Well, somebody is, and they want you to join them. Textbook Rebellion has launched a website and petition drive to put pressure on both publishers and professors to rein in the costs of college texts, which can easily hit $1,000 a year.

From Textbook Rebellion’s website:

We the undersigned believe the following:

  • Textbooks should be affordable. Publishers should stop raising prices unfairly and offer a way to access each textbook for $30 or less per term without lowering quality.
  • High-quality, affordable textbooks already exist in many subjects. Professors can reduce costs by considering these options.
  • Open textbooks are an ideal solution, because they can be freely accessed, adapted and printed at a low cost. Decision-makers should prioritize support for open textbooks.

So far, about 2,500 people have signed the petition. Obviously, more signatures are needed. Visit the website. Share this post with your friends via Twitter and facebook. Let’s do something to stop the rampant profiteering and make college more affordable.

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